De Kock on music, MI as much as fourth

New Delhi, April 29

Mumbai Indians opener Quinton de Kock struck a brilliant 50-ball 70 to guide his team to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match here today. Chasing RR’s 171, MI romped to the target in 18.3 overs, losing only three wickets, as de Kock struck six fours and two sixers in his match-winning innings. Krunal Pandya also played a useful cameo, smashing 39 off 26 balls with two fours and two sixes.

MI are now on the fourth spot on the points table with six points from six games.

Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma (14) and de Kock added 49 for the first wicket after a sedate start, with only seven runs coming off the first two overs. De Kock then struck the first four of the innings, a drive past extra cover, off Chetan Sakariya, before hitting Mustafizur Rahman (1/37) for a four and a six. Rohit got into the act with his trademark pull shot, off Jaydev Unadkat, for a six in the fifth over.

De Kock hammered Chris Morris (2/33) for another six but Rohit perished in the same over, giving a simple catch to Sakariya at mid-on. De Kock carried on, however, adding 34 off 3.2 overs with Suryakumar Yadav (16) and 63 off 7.2 overs with Krunal, who hit two fours and two sixers in his 39. De Kock completed his half-century off 35 balls and then got a life when he was nearly caught by Yashasvi Jaiswal off Sakariya. Krunal smashed a six over the sight-screen off Tewatia, in the 15th over, which got Mumbai 12 runs and they needed 41 runs from the last five overs.

After Krunal fell, Kieron Pollard had some fun with 16 not out off eight balls to take the team over the line.

Samson leads from front

Earlier, captain Sanju Samson blazed to 42 off 27 balls as RR posted a competitive 171 for four. Put in to bat, Rajasthan openers Buttler (41 off 32) and Jaiswal (32 off 20) lai2d the foundation with their 66-run stand in 7.4 overs. — TNS, agencies

Brief scores: RR: 171/4 (Samson 42, Buttler 41; Chahar 2/33); MI: 172/3 in 18.3 overs (de Kock 70*; Morris 2/33)

Ending IPL due to Covid is not a solution: Cummins

Even as a debate rages over whether the IPL should continue in times when India is facing a severe health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has insisted that shutting down the tournament is not the answer. Kolkata Knight Riders paceman Cummins, who donated $50,000 to help purchase oxygen for hospitals, said: “I don’t think ending the IPL is the answer.”

“We are doing everything we can to make sure we don’t take any resources out of the front line,” the 27-year-old said in a TV interview. “Of course there’s an aspect that playing every night for three-four hours hopefully contributes to people staying home as it has been a hard routine for them and we can help them get through each day.”

RR donates Rs 7.5 crore

The Rajasthan Royals management today said the club had raised Rs 7.5 crore to provide immediate support to people affected by the second wave of the pandemic. The Delhi Capitals management announced a financial support of Rs 1.5 crore to Delhi NGOs engaged in Covid relief work. TNS

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